Back in March, I took a photography course at a local community college. I really enjoyed the class and still continue to take pictures daily. This course was an attempt to follow my advice to change my work schedule and create more free time to pursue other interests.
Months later, this advice is still valid. In fact, I continue taking classes to improve my photography and other interests. I’m most excited about my film production classes that begin in the Fall; these classes will help make my vision for this site a reality.
Stop and Smell the Roses
One of the first thing beginner photographers do is take plenty of photos of flowers. I would say we probably take too many, much to the annoyance of our friends and family that follow us on Instagram or Facebook. My apologies to my own friends and family, but please know I’m loving what I do, so thank you!
To kill some time a few weekends ago, I decided to take some photos of flowers. I don’t know why as I’m typically drawn to people and architecture. I found the mini-project very relaxing and even therapeutic. As I worked, I thought of the saying, “stop and smell the roses.” Most of the time, I dismiss this phrase as meaningless or even corny.
Although I didn’t take photos of roses, I did take plenty of photos of other flowers. As I moved from flower to flower, concentrating to create the best photo my limited skills could take, I worked almost distraction-free. I found myself incredibly present in the moment and the typical mental presence of work stress disappeared from my consciousness.
It was a reminder to me of the importance of being present in the moment. Don’t worry about or waste your time with problems that either don’t exist or you can’t address in that moment. Clear your thoughts of these stresses and focus on the task at hand. The task may be anything, from a walk in the woods, reading a great novel, or taking photos of beautiful flowers.
In my years of many attempts at stress reduction, nothing has worked as well as being mindful and present in the moment. By taking pictures of flowers, I was able to be active and engaged with nature. Both of these are incredibly powerful tools in your arsenal to combat stress and mental fatigue.
I try to practice what I preach, put myself out there, be vulnerable, and create good work. So I’ve posted the photos I took of the flowers below. How did I do? Hope you enjoy and have a great week. Don’t forget, life is best lived Outside the Cube!